By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia, along with the executive director of the Public Buildings Authority (AEP by its Spanish initials) Yamil Ayala, Public Safety (DSP) Secretary Alexis Torres, and Police Commissioner Antonio López, announced on Wednesday the beginning of remodeling work at the Trujillo Alto Security Complex with an investment of $3.4 million from state funds.
“During the month of August I held a discussion at the initiative of the residents of this area of Trujillo Alto in which our senior public security officials and community leaders accompanied me,” Pierluisi said in a written statement. “There they shared their concerns with us and asked us to expedite the work on the remodeling of the Security Complex, to reestablish the police headquarters and to allocate more resources. During the meeting we discussed our Comprehensive Security Plan, strategies at the island level, the security challenges that Trujillo Alto has and the different needs of residents. There I personally committed to addressing those needs and immediately allocated resources and funds to make that a reality.”
In addition, the governor announced that he assigned 10 new police officers, six sergeants and five new vehicles to the area “which will greatly help ensure that we can combat incidents of crime and improve the security of our residents of Trujillo Alto.”
Pierluisi noted that the scope of the project covers various areas of improvements to the State Police Barracks, the Fire Station and the Municipal Office for Emergency Management. The work consists of the remodeling of the old structure, including waterproofing of roofs, painting, improvements in ventilation and air conditioning systems, optimization of drinking water systems, paving of parking areas, reconditioning of fences and gates, as well as improvements significant in exterior lighting and a modern fire prevention system.
The internal improvements in the buildings are equally exhaustive and incorporate the optimization of the detention area, cells, data and telephone rooms, public bathrooms in the dormitories, common areas such as the interior patio, ceilings, floors, doors, painting and interior lighting.
The governor announced further that at the fire station, the remodeling will focus on the kitchen, mechanical room, ceilings, floors, doors, painting and interior lighting. Regarding medical emergency areas, specific improvements will be made to the functionality of operations. In addition to structural renovations, structure labeling, installation of an emergency generator and improvements to the communications infrastructure will be carried out to ensure an optimal and safe environment. Also, mitigation measures using Federal Emergency Management Agency-allocated funds will provide better anchoring for the air conditioning units and the roof of the recreational area.
“We remain focused on revitalizing and modernizing government infrastructure to provide functional spaces that promote a safe and optimal work environment for public servants, which translates into the provision of quality services to the community,” Ayala said. “These reconstruction efforts are not simply physical improvements, but a guarantee of more effective government service aimed at satisfying the needs and expectations of citizens.”